IR Online is an international undergraduate literary journal produced by the Literary Editing and Publishing class at Indiana University, Bloomington. Issue 3 was planned and compiled by Emily Corwin’s class in Spring, 2018.
As an infant I was raised
like a scar, red and ready
to be anyone’s
kin. Blood synonym, boy unwish. I
was born a failed son: daughter
of the hidden swelled belly, left
like shredded stretch marks
on the stomach. I wanted
to touch someone without leaving
any blurred skin behind.
My birth was an exit